Harvest means beating the clock and beating the weather to bring in the crops. It means early mornings to get the other chores done, grease everything up to get out in the fields again and it means late nights. It means long hot, sticky hours in the equipment. It means dirt and dust, stubble and flies. It means rough roads and turkey trails. It means parts runs, loads to the elevator and anticipation to see the yields. It means missing daddies (and mommies). It means everything in terms of what we’ve worked hard for all year long. The farm life is busy and full of hard work..sweat and tears and even blood. It is being at the mercy of Mother Nature. It is a gamble and it is faith. It’s teaching the next generation. It is our life and most of the time I wouldn’t change it for anything in this world!
I feed our farm crew during harvest and I often imagine how much a good meal can brighten up the monotony of each day so I take a lot of pride in what I do. I try and create something each night that our cherished farmers can easily eat on the go but that is hearty and substantial and in some small way shows how much they are appreciated. Here are some easy make-ahead ideas that can help all you other field meal workers out there…never underestimate the value of your position to the farm. Food is an immediate ticket to the soul! (And if you’re not busy on the farm, these ideas are also great for back-to-school or quick staples to have in your freezer for busy weeknights!)
All you need is your favourite bread dough recipe…Roll it out like you would for cinnamon rolls and then top with one of these creative savoury fillings:
- Pizza: tomato sauce, diced pepperoni, ham, cooked sausage, or bacon (or all of the above), grated mozzarella, diced peppers or mushrooms.
- Honey Mustard Ham: honey mustard (I mix up yellow mustard with honey and a bit of brown sugar), diced ham, grated cheddar.
- Alfredo Chicken: Alfredo sauce, diced or shredded cooked chicken, cooked and drained spinach, grated mozzarella and grated parmesan.
Spread the sauce then the chopped meat and vegetables and finish with the grated cheese, roll and slice like you would cinnamon rolls, let rise and then bake. Delicious served hot or cold!
Meat Pockets or Hand Pies:
Roll out the dough (recipe as follows) and cut into circles, or squares, top with filling then cover with another circle or fold over half the square (to make a rectangle), crimp the edges with a fork and freeze on parchment lined cookie sheets (then toss into plastic air-tight containers or bags to be cooked from frozen later) or bake(at 375* for 20 mins or so…ovens vary) until golden immediately. These can be made in any shape or size!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 6 Tbsp lard or butter
- 1 whole egg & 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup cold water (plus or minus to bring dough to proper consistency.)
- Mix lard into dry ingredients until course crumbs, add eggs then slowly add water to combine. Can be make in the food processor as well. Add everything at once except the water, whiz up then slowly add the water until a ball is formed. Chill half hour or so then roll out and fill. (I love this dough, it is so easy to work with!)
- chicken pot pie
- chicken alfredo
- broccoli and cheese